• News from the Shetland Isles

    Barbara Baldwin from the Knitting and Crochet Guild recently joined Carol Meldrum on a knitting holiday to the Shetland Isles. Read all about her trip here: Shetland Sojourn I have recently returned from the Shetlands where I spent  a fantastic few days with fellow knitters, learning and improving my  knitting skills and enjoying the various attractions that Shetland has to offer. shet The trip “ Spirit of the Shetlands” was organised by Arena holidays and it certainly lived up to its name.  There were 11 of us  with our own tour guide, Charlotte who looked after us magnificently and made sure that everyone mixed with everyone else and always sitting with different people at dinner. It helped too that none of us knew each other. Charlotte also made sure that we saw some of the land and learned the history of the places we visited so it was a well rounded trip. Continue reading
  • Latest News Nicki Trench Joins Stitchtopia


    We are thrilled that well known designer, author and columnist Nicki Trench will be joining us as our latest expert and will be leading a number of new forthcoming knitting & crochet holidays. Debbie Abrahams, who was due to lead our Knitting in Iceland holiday in October, is now unable to fly and therefore Nicki will now be taking her place instead. We thank Debbie for all the holidays she has hosted with us and look forward to her re-joining us in the future.
  • News from the Shetland Isles with Jane Crowfoot

    seals I was once again invited to tutor a knitting workshop in Shetland with Arena Travel back in May. Ive been home a few weeks now, but keep thinking about what a fabulous time we had! I adore Shetland and couldn't wait to get there this year, especially after the disappointment last year when the trip was abandoned due to bad weather. I went with a group of 14 knitters and our tour guide Caroline and we had good weather pretty much the whole time this year and only had a few drops of rain towards the end of our stay, the rest of the time it was dry, warm and bright. Continue reading
  • Another Happy Prizewinner!

    Thank You For My Wonderful Holiday!

    Knitting Holiday Review             Here at Arena Travel there is nothing we like more then delighted customers! Just recently we have had another. Alison Watson went on one of our knitting holidays to The Shetlands which she won through the "Love Knitting" website. "It was one of the best holidays I have ever been on and I learnt so much as well as experienced a lovely location and met some great people". "Thank you very much again and I really hope to go on holiday again in the future (currently looking to save for the Norway Trip!)" Best Wishes Alison Watson Alison Very kindly put together a diary of her tour as well as filling in our customer satisfaction form. Alison's Diary Satisfaction Form Interested to see what all the fuss is about? Why not come and try the holiday for yourself? The Spirit of the Shetland Isles Have you had a holiday with us you have really enjoyed? If so please drop us an email and like Alison we will try and get your review on the website. Thank you!    
  • Knitting in Umbria with Debbie Abrahams

    umbria What better way to spend a week than relaxing in Italy with a knitted project, surrounded by beautiful scenery. On the knitting retreat  to Umbria I travelled with fourteen enthusiastic knitters to Lake Trasimeno where we enjoyed seven days of relaxation in the sun with our knitting needles and yarn. Our Hotel Lido was nestled on the side of the lake and had stunning views which we were able to enjoy from our rooms, the restaurant and the pool. And we were spoilt with the weather too, with clear blue skies and hot sunny weather every day. The small town of Lake Trasimeno is very charming with some wonderful cafes and restaurants and a Gelateria which our tour rep voted the best place to buy ice-cream in Umbria. So you can guess where most of the ladies disappeared to at some point every day! There were also several shops close to the hotel filled with locally made ceramics, decorated with colourful patterns of fruit, vegetables, birds and traditional motifs. There were just a couple of optional trips planned which were a trip by ferry across to the island of Isola Maggiore and a visit to Perugia including a visit to see a local weaver in her studio. And although we all loved our little spot by the lake, most of the group opted to go on the trips, eager to explore more of the area. Some of the ladies who felt more adventurous planned their own short excursions and walks during the week, returning to the group with tales of where they had been and what they had seen. The knitting project kept everyone busy and we had dedicated workshop times planned into the week where the ladies could meet up together to knit. The project was a cushion-cover and it included intarsia, beading, stripe patterns and some lace too, coloured in a palette inspired by the Umbrian landscape. The ladies seemed to enjoy working on it and they all did very well, some of them learning a technique for the first time and others brushing up on their existing skills. It was a lovely relaxing week and a great mix of travel and knitting in the most wonderful setting. And with the best Umbrian ice-cream on offer every day (and only a short walk from our hotel!), we could not have had a better and more enjoyable week away together in the sun.

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